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Spam dials wrong number

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ANN MARIE AMES
October 18, 2007

It only takes 20 seconds to register your cell phone on the National Do Not Call Registry.


Don’t waste your time.


A spam e-mail has been making the rounds, falsely warning cell phone users that as of Oct. 12 telemarketers will be able to access their cell phone numbers.


The e-mail lists the correct Web address and 800 telephone number for the registry, which is intended to take personal phone numbers off call lists used by “most” telemarketers.


You certainly can add your cell to the no call list, but it’s not necessary, according to a registry press release.


Here are the facts from the registry’s Web site:


-- The “No Call” registry has been accepting cell phone numbers since 2003. But telemarketers are prohibited by the Federal Communications Commission from using automatic dialers to call cell phones.


-- There is no deadline to register a home or cell phone.


-- You may register up to three phones by clicking on www.DoNotCall.gov. You will receive a confirmation e-mail, and you should stop getting most calls within 31 days.


-- You may also register by calling 1-888-382-1222.


-- If you change your mind, you may take your number off the list by calling the same number.


-- Once registered, your number will be on the list for five years.



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